French Open victor Halep and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka collected their first major titles previous year, and Kerber won at Wimbledon to capture her third in a sequence of eight different women's winners in eight Slams.
On Friday, Federer's frequent foe Andy Murray announced that he would soon be ending his career after failing to adequately recover from a hip injury which has stymied his progress since 2017 - and Federer says that he hopes to avoid a similar fate.
Agut said: "Everybody knows Andy, everybody knows when he goes on court he gives every time 100%". Murray has interests away from the court and a young family, but admitted: 'Once I'd started thinking about stopping, all of the things that I thought I would quite like to do, I have zero interest in doing right now.
"Once I learn how to really enjoy it and really find fun in what I do, I think everything else will take care of itself".
"But I don't think he will say or that we should say that he's been unlucky, I think he's worked extremely hard and when he got to world No.1 or he won all those big event that he did, totally deserved them. he put in the workload and he's an extremely talented player as well". "That won't happen now".
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However, the 32-year-old Spaniard declared himself ready to throw himself into a 14th campaign in Melbourne, starting with a first-round match against Australian wildcard James Duckworth.
The men's draw has Roger Federer looking to defend his crown although he comes in as third seed with world number one Djokovic holding the top seeding. Before I said without a Grand Slam, you are not a real No.1. This time previous year, Djokovic was still playing in pain, and at one stage in 2018, he dropped out of the top 20.
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British tennis player Andy Murray. I enjoy playing the mixed doubles as well. "We will miss him", he added. "Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an awesome feeling and an incredible two weeks".
"I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", he said before revealing he had remodelled his serve. Anyways, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you. It's going to be uncomfortable. "I've always been focused on tactics and winning and finding a way". I need time to get over it and then to know what my next steps are going to be.
Pressed to throw in one of her jokes on queue, she was sharp: "That was a joke, I'm sorry".